WA will be dominated by two ticket agencies after the State Government yesterday announced the sale of its BOCS Ticketing operations to Ticketek.
Ticketek, which shares most of the local market with Ticketmaster, won the tender to take over the box-office services for the Perth Concert Hall, His Majesty's Theatre, State Theatre Centre and two other Perth Theatre Trust venues.
Arts Minister John Day said the Ticketek bid offered more outlets, excellent technology and marketing and a strong understanding of the WA market.
Patrons would not be unduly affected while BOCS and Ticketek operated in parallel as services were moved across to Ticketek over the next two months, Mr Day said. "All BOCS tickets will be honoured by Ticketek," he said.
Ticket fees, currently set at $6.60 per ticket, would increase 3 per cent next year in line with what BOCS had intended to charge anyway. They would be restricted to CPI increases for the following four years, Mr Day said.
Venue managers AEG Ogden would manage the new ticketing service agreement and the existing box offices at the PTT venues.
Opposition arts spokesman John Hyde said the deal would decrease ticketing competition for theatregoers and cut jobs in WA.
Mr Day said BOCS' 35 permanent and 19 casual staff would be redeployed or offered redundancies.
Established 30 years ago, BOCS has been propped up by an annual taxpayer subsidy of about $350,000 since a 2008 slump in its ticketing volumes and revenue. Ticketek managing director Cameron Hoy could not be contacted.The privatisation comes a decade after the then Liberal government tried to offload BOCS, first to Ticketek and then Ticketmaster before it lost power to Labor in 2001.
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